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Memorable Manitobans: Andrew Boak Alexander (1872-1937)

Physician and surgeon.

Born at Truro, Nova Scotia on 8 May 1872, son of John and Mary Alexander, brother of Elizabeth Mary Crowe, he was educated at the Pictou Academy, Manitoba College, and the Manitoba Medical College (1897). He commenced a medical practice at Killarney in 1897 before returning to Winnipeg in 1905. For more than 25 years he served as Medical Superintendent of the King George and King Edward municipal hospitals. He retired in May 1937.

On 12 November 1902, he married Florence Ethel Dowler (?-1916) of Winnipeg and they had three children: Mary Dorothy Alexander (1904-1962, wife of Richard Donaldson Windatt, daughter-in-law of William Andrew Windatt), John Reading “Jack” Alexander (1905-1984), and Robert Boak Alexander (1910-1968). He served as President of the St. Andrew’s Society of Winnipeg (1910-1911) and President of the Granite Curling Club. His recreations included curling and hunting. In his earlier years, he was an active baseball and lacrosse player. A Liberal and a Presbyterian, in 1911 he lived at 714 Broadway, Winnipeg.

He died at the Winnipeg General Hospital on 3 September 1937 and was buried in the Elmwood Cemetery.

Sources:

Birth and marriage registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

1911 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

Who’s Who in Western Canada: A Biographical Dictionary of Notable Living Men and Women of Western Canada, Volume 1, 1911. C. W. Parker, editor. Canadian Press Association, Vancouver.

“Noted doctor is dead,” Winnipeg Free Press, 4 September 1937.

Obituary [Dorothy Windatt], Winnipeg Tribune, 25 September 1962, page 22.

Obituary [Robert Boak Alexander], Winnipeg Free Press, 8 July 1968, page 23.

Obituary [John Reading Alexander], Winnipeg Free Press, 13 November 1984, page 43.

Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 6 July 2020

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